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Deke's Techniques 84: Drawing a Perfect Linear Spiral in Illustrator

Deke's Techniques 84: Drawing a Perfect Linear Spiral in Illustrator

Just in time for The Illustrator Challenge to end (my timing is impeccable!), I present you with an ultra-cool Illustrator technique. It's like this, friends. Have you ever tried using Illustrator's Spiral tool? Or better yet, have you ever used it to create an element in an actual piece of artwork? If so, my guess is that you didn't find it to be a particularly fun experience, and you probably had a hell of a time getting the results you wanted.

In which case, rest assured, it's not your fault. With all due respect to Adobe, Illustrator's Spiral tool is the kind of tool only a monkey could love. And it'd have to be a stupid monkey at that.

Which is why, this week, I show you how to create a more predictable and better looking spiral, the kind of spiral you actually want to make, using the Polar Grid tool.

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Monogram Snowflake

Author: 
pingtop
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Using key points from three (actually more) of Deke's Techniques found on lynda.com, I have created my Illustrator Tutorial about creating a custom, textured monogram snowflake using swirls, masks, transform effects and a placed object to create kaleidoscope textures.

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Pain Clinic

Author: 
HarryGuinness
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Illustrator Challenge
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Using bits from Deke's Techniques 72: Creating True Clones, 102: Drawing with the ReShape tool, and 103: Hand-Drawing a really great letter, I show you how to create this medical font, perfect for logos.

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3D RING & BOX

Author: 
chiehanshop
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Illustrator Challenge
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Create a 3D ring using a 3D filter and offset path and put the ring in a 3D box. 

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Superhero Text Effects

Author: 
danrodney
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Illustrator Challenge
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In this video tutorial Dan Rodney shows how to apply gradient fills and stokes to editable text in Adobe Illustrator, all while keeping the text editable. You can change the effects or type at any point. Many people think that editable text in Illustrator can't be filled with a gradient, but you'll learn how in this video!